Thursday, October 11, 2018

Two steps forward, one island back...

Off we go! August 29, 2017

On August 17, 2017, Gary retired from full time work in aerospace (more on that later) and we moved out of our Coronado apartment into Fly. We'd had a great time living with our peek-a-boo view of San Diego Bay, and attempted to experience all that living on Coronado has to offer. Here's a look back at some highlights of our 18 months living in San Diego.

Our peek-a-boo view of the bay. (Broadstone Apartments)

The living room, just big enough for the few pieces of furniture we kept.

We could walk or ride our bikes along the bay in the evening.

Coronado has a small town feel. Every Sunday evening in the summer, they have a free concert in the park.
Bring your chair, a picnic, and an adult beverage and watch the little kids dancing to the music. Or you can dance, depending on how much adult beverage you enjoy.

While we lived on Coronado, our granddaughter, Riley was born!
She was smaller than she's about 3 months.
Our apartment, middle of the pic
(just above the guys in the parking lot)

We took the opportunity to sightsee...even after living in Southern California for 20 years,
there were still plenty of things we hadn't done yet.

We really enjoyed having friends come to visit! Here I am with Dona Watson.

Gary took sailing lessons at the Navy yacht club. The bay is perfect for beginners.
With his flying and paragliding experience, he took to sailing really quickly and we rented a sailboat many weekends.

Evan and Bev
Kamie was a natural!
Bev and Riley in front of the Del
Time to go! After 18 months, Gary decided to retire, so we said goodbye to Coronado.
We'd downsized even more while living there, and emptied out our storage unit by
 donating and giving away major appliances, yard equipment, and more furniture.

When we arrived at the apartment, we had 12 of these crates.
We fine-tuned down to three, and put them in long term storage.
The kids came to celebrate Gary's "last day" of work with a lovely dinner at a fine SD restaurant.
(L-R Bev, Josh, Kamie, Lindsay, Evan, Gary)
Words in quotes will become clear later. 

While we were living on Coronado, I wrote a completed my last novel,
Misdirect, A Novel of Spies, the Sahara, and Searching for God. 

'Bye, San Diego!